Through June and July 2011, we have launched over 800 new articles on idsa.org. This latest content brings the total articles on the site to just over 10,000 compared to about 4,500 articles when we launched the site in June 2010.
Here is a quick guide to idsa.org's new content the past two months:
It has been an intense and exciting quarter. Our programs are running and delivering real benefits for our members again this year. What is much more encouraging for me though is that we are reinvigorating initiatives that will deliver real long-term benefits to the profession. IDSA Programs: The 2011 Design Dialogue Conferences and IDEA.
IDSA was asked by a group of 8th graders to help them with a career's project they where working on, and we felt the questions they asked would be interesting for many kids considering a career in industrial design. A group of four designers in very different positions were brought to gether to answer the questions.
Last year IDSA had the strongest year of results we’ve had in the past 10 years. The Society ended 2010 with all of our key performance indicators pointing up in a positive direction indicating a strong recovery from 2009. That is good news and benefits you, as a member, and the design profession. Now we need to repeat and improve that performance every year!
After some years of decline, IDSA's membership is back on a strong growth curve. In the past 14 months membership has grown by 28 percent. What is more, membership has seen its strongest growth from students. Professional membership has grown, but not at the same rapid rate as student membership.
I recently heard a well-known economist describe the state of the economy as being in a “fragile state of stability.” I suppose it takes a Ph.D. to quote the obvious! Arguably and statistically-speaking the recession may be over, but challenges remain. IDSA is emerging from the economic downturn in good shape … at last.
Editor's Note: Clive Roux, IDSA began work as IDSA’s Executive Director on Sept. 14 2009. Since hiring in, the former Chief Marketing Officer for Baumgartens and former design leader with Philips Design has fielded hundreds of ideas from members and quickly wrapped his arms around the challenges IDSA faces and the opportunities that could be available to us. In this interview, he talks about what direction he intends to steer IDSA in the near future and the not-so-near future.